Flat Five Jazz

Modern Jazz for your event

Flat Five Jazz is a modern jazz combo based out of Lynchburg, Virginia. A menagerie of backgrounds and influences create a unique, yet beautiful soundscape that is both pleasing and engaging. Consider Flat Five for your next wedding, corporate event, private party, or booking at your venue.

Josh Barling              Trumpet


Spending his childhood in Stone Mountain, GA, Josh Barling honed the skill of buzzing his lips to create controlled sounds. Trumpets and mouthpieces did not come easy in Stone Mountain. Josh, being the innovator he is, did not let that stop him. After seeing Rafael Mendez perform on Art Linkletter's "House Party" in 1975, Josh knew trumpet was his only ticket out. Practicing on random household items such as garden hoses, drinking straws, and even the occasional small bore PVC pipe, Josh crafted simple songs that brought him to local fame. After winning the 1986 Stone Mountain High School talent show with his rendition of "My Bonny Lies O'er the Ocean" Josh was awarded a $500 scholarship to attend Harold Hill's "Root-a-toot-toot Trumpet Camp". The rest is history. Josh currently resides in Lynchburg with his bearded dragon, Vizzutti. They are both rather content with their lives.